Welcome to the Irreverent Road Ride, the country’s single most challenging dirt road ride.
IRR will be entering it’s 6th year and it’s still not a race. I am very excited to offer up a route that includes some of the hair raising sections you’ve come to expect as well as some of the most serene and scenic roads in the Green Mountain State. Some might say, unrivaled scenery.
New for IRR 6.0 there are TWO route options: the full IRR route and then an abbreviated version, they will run parrallel for as long as possible. Each rider will have a GPS tracker with an SOS button which will provide accurate timing for every rider. There will be a Friday night registration social at a location TBD. There will also be a Saturday night “Holy-shit-I’m-finally-done” party. I’m trying to have start/finish location that will include camping onsite, so keep your fingers crossed on that.
Please use the event address to find your way to the start, which is at the Ice arena in Waterbury, VT.”
It’s pronounced “la-moyle” and is one of Vermont’s northern counties and it happens to hold some of the most sublime gravel riding in the Northeast. The 2014 inaugural ride was a smash hit – fantastic weather, a hearty group of riders and an incredible after party. And it will be even better in 2017…….this is one ride you won’t want to miss.
The route is approximately 100K (with a 50K option) , mostly gravel roads through the stunning Vermont countryside and will include nearly 6,000 feet of climbing. Yeah, it’s hard. But the decision is easy, you gotta put some gravel in your travel!
Raid – Our definition? A raid is a challenging route that includes a significant amount of packed-gravel riding and some major climbing segments. Some would call it a dirt road randonee, others a gravel grinder, we just call it a Raid. This is not a race. A properly prepared rider and bike of most any type can do this. Our guarantee – you will finish tired but feeling accomplished. It’s probably not for everybody, but you’re not everybody, right?
“I did Lamoille this year. That was the most enjoyable ride I have ever done. That includes training rides here in Texas, races here, and the Vermont 50. The Raid Lamoille was the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike. ” – Trevor
Epic Route – Epic Ride!:
Here’s what you need to know: 100K of riding, lots of packed gravel roads featuring a devilish assortment of hills and nearly 6000′ of climbing!
“Scrubbed” cue sheets will be handed out at the event – as you know, online route-mapping software sometimes throws in a Right when it should say Left, hence the scrub! The route may have arrows at critical intersections too.
A course link (with GPX link) will be provided prior to the ride. The official guide is the cue sheet you receive at the ride.
The Rasputitsa Spring Classic
We started out as two friends with a hope to get 50 riders to travel the backroads in which we live. It was really that simple. What we established was one of the best Vermont Gravel Road Races, the Rasputitsa Spring Classic. We created an unsanctioned gravel road race that challenge the human spirit and strength. And we live by three principles:
Love of Cycling
Love of Community
Love of Charity
More than anything we care about our racers. We are at the finish line shaking hands. We are constantly seeking their advice and input. We ride with our racers. We are small. In fact, we don’t want to grow over 500 racers per race so we never lose that small town feeling.
We are unsanctioned. No license. No prize purse. Have a bike and the will to race and you are a match for our races. We attract road, cyclocross, singlespeed, mountain bike, tandem, and fatbikes. But we are a race. We are timed. We have podiums. And mostly our winners have bragging rights.
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017
START TIME: 10 AM
START FINISH LOCATION: Suicide Six Ski Area, 247 Stage Road, Pomfret, VT
Ran in conjunction with Vermont Sugar Maker’s Open House Weekend and the Woodstock Inn & Resorts Maple Madness Weekend, VOMAR is an epic gravel road bicycle ride featuring a different destination working Vermont sugarhouse every year!
Check out the photos from this year’s VOMAR:
*The Trans-Vermont Challenge is a 7-day point-to-point tour starting at the Canadian border traversing Vermont and ending in Williamstown, MA. In those 7 days, we will cover 350 miles – 240 of which is on dirt and gravel roads. Oh yeah, we will also be climbing about 36,000 feet of vertical – it is Vermont after all.
We will be stopping along the way at some of the finest accommodation that Vermont has to offer and partaking in some of the freshest farm-to-table meals anywhere. All of your luggage will be moved for you and waiting in your room each afternoon when you arrive from the day’s ride. All you have to do is ride your bike, eat, hydrate and rest. http://gravelgrindertours.com/
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